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Strategic entry and market leadership in a two-player real options game

Shackleton, MB, Tsekrekos, AE and Wojakowski, R (2004) Strategic entry and market leadership in a two-player real options game Journal of Banking and Finance, 28 (1). pp. 179-201.

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We analyse the entry decisions of competing firms in a two-player stochastic real option game, when rivals earn different but correlated uncertain profitabilities from operating. In the presence of entry costs, decision thresholds exhibit hysteresis, the range of which is decreasing in the correlation between competing firms. A measure of the expected time of each firm being active in the market and the probability of both rivals entering within a finite time are explicitly calculated. The former (latter) is found to decrease (increase) with the volatility of relative firm profitabilities implying that market leadership is shorter-lived the more uncertain the industry environment. In an application of the model to the aircraft industry, we find that Boeing's optimal response to Airbus' launch of the A380 super carrier is to accommodate entry and supplement its current product line, as opposed to the riskier alternative of committing to the development of a corresponding super jumbo. © 2002 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Shackleton, MB
Tsekrekos, AE
Date : 1 January 2004
DOI : 10.1016/S0378-4266(02)00403-X
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:18
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 14:20

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